Putin at the Mirror
Taking his shirt off and riding a horse no longer makes Putin hide the small man he is, staring at the mirror that no longer tells him grand enough lies. So he attacks a smaller country after rereading Bullies For Dummies. Quotes Bowie, blames Nato, The West with their eyes on gas prices-still safe if turned off turning off nightly television horrors. Crimea first, now Ukraine with a blue print for a reunited Russia on his desk. His version of the globe Chaplin twirled in The Great Dictator, saying Mine! Mine! While the planet waits holding its breath as does Putin's mirror at what it can't hide. Yet the cracks tiny and almost unseen are beginning to show meanwhile an unhinged sociopath dares us to exhale.
In the Smoke trying to find hope where there's little to none as thousands flee their old lives to new uncertainty Ukraine's on fire as bombs and bullets missiles and tanks do what they do. All our copious tears lacking the water so far to put it out.
Nucleart missles on alert to turn Ukraine to a cinder turned to ash. A Threat or... The ash taste in our mouths now ever more profound.
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…lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking was published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From The Autobiography vol 1-3 were published from 2018 to 2020. is newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.
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